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   November 21, 2017  Facebook Twitter
FUTURE OF FABRICS

Textile Trends

Identifying and tracking trends is important to the entire supply-retail chain, especially when technology is impacting new product developments.  Below you will find a summary of some of the current trends influencing the specialty textile markets.

INDUSTRIAL TEXTILES

  • Geotextiles There are more applications for textiles that are getting buried.
  • Inflatables Lighter weight, heavy-duty fabrics and bonded seams provide strength and durability that last.
  • Lightweight Structures Tensile fabric structures are being used as permanent temporary space, with some coated fabrics having life spans of 30 years.
  • Pet Beds A niche market has developed in high-end pet accessories.

MEDICAL TEXTILES

The medical textile market is experiencing significant growth and is demanding much from it's textiles.

HOME FURNISHINGS

Trends include the use of blended fibers for improved properties, and the use of stretch, texture, and color to add variety.  Renewable fabrics are also important.

SAFETY AND PROTECTIVE

The trend is to comfortable, lightweight, ergonomically designed fabrics and apparel.

TECHNICAL SPORTS TEXTILES

Look for lightweight fabrics and apparel that multi-task, providing comfort, moisture management, antimicrobial protection, and more.


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